About Us

The Asklepios Orchestra is an amateur orchestra, founded in 1969 by Dr. David Humphreys, a Physician in the Birmingham General Hospital where the orchestra originally rehearsed. However, following refurbishment of the General, our orchestra needed to move and we now rehearse in the Medical School of the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston.Although the orchestra has a "medical" origin and we are based within the Medical School, we welcome players from anywhere. You do not have to be "medical" or a member of the Medical School or the University to join us.

Membership

Salaried members pay £30 and students £10 per term.

Where and when do we meet?

We meet on Wednesday evenings 8:0pm to 10:00pm. in the Medical School in Edgbaston. The building is situated next to the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Vincent Drive. If you come by car, there is a car park at the front of the School. By public transport, the University Station is 2 minutes away.

What's in a name?

The title of the orchestra derives from the ancient Greek healer Asklepios (Ἀσκληπιός, Latin form Aesculapius). Asklepios was said to have saved the unborn child of Apollo and became physician of the argonauts. He and his daughter Hygieia were later deified with special responsibility for healing. Various temples were built to Asklepios, perhaps the most famous being at Epidaurus where a magnificent theatre was also constructed. David Humphreys visited Epidaurus during a holiday and the link between early medicine and entertainment gave him the initial idea for the title of the orchestra. In addition, however, close by Epidaurus is Delphi where the oracle was also associated with music, hence a further link between Medicine and Music.  

Repertoire

Works Played by Asklepios in recent years

 
Beethoven Symphony No 1, Beethoven Symphony No.3, Brahms Symphony No.2, Brahms Symphony no.4, Chausson Poeme, Dvorak Symphony No.8, Dvorak Symphony No.7
Elgar Cello concerto, Elgar Chanson de Nuit, Grieg Peer Gynt Suite, Haydn Symphony No 100, Haydn Symphony 101, Haydn Symphony 103,
Mendelssohn Overture Ruy Blas, Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 (Scottish), Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni, Weber Overture Der Freischutz, Weber Clarinette concerto No.2

Conductors

Our Conductor, Alexander Webb

Alexander is a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied percussion and conducting, first with Edwin Roxburgh and later with Guy Wolfenden. He has performed with some of the UK's top ensembles and in 2012 was awarded the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra scheme place for Timpani.

As a conductor he has commissioned and conducted numerous world premiers for a variety of ensembles and In 2013/14 he was invited to take part in master classes with Gergely Madaras, Nicolás Pasquet and Mark Heron. Alexander is currently the Musical Director of The Beaufort ensemble, Brackley and District Brass Band and the Asklepios Orchestra, as well as making regular appearances with The Redditch Orchestra and recordings with the British Police Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 he founded Swindon Chamber Orchestra, which draws it's members from the country's leading music colleges and talented local musicians. He maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician, balancing his percussion performance and conducting. He has undertaken tours around Europe and to the United States and has also made recordings for broadcast on BBC Television and Radio. In September 2016 Alexander takes up the prestigious Timothy Reynish Scholarship in conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2017 he will make his debut with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra.

 Previous Conductors

1969-1972
David Sadler
1973-1974
John Harper
1975-1976
Terry Lamont
1977-1979
Tim Carter
1980
Julian Clayton
1980-1982
Stephen Roberts
1983-1987
John Savage
1987-1988
Stephen Elery
1988-1991
Fa-Fa Jin
1991-1994
Gareth Harris
1994-1998
Stephen Muir
1998-2003
Edward Venn
2003-2005
Gareth Thomas
2005-2008
James Ham
2008-2009
Jamie Man
2009-2010
Martin Sleaford
2010-2013
Thomas Payne
2013-2016
Alexander Webb

Concerts

Next Concert

Date and Time

Sunday 19th June 2016 7:30pm

Programme

Nicolai: Overture The Merry Wives of Windsor; Five operatic Arias (soloist Edwin Kaye); Dvorak: Symphony No.9 from the New World

Venue

St Andrew's Church, Barnt Green, B45 8NR

Previous Concerts

April 2015

Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style;Haydn 2nd Cello concerto (Soloist Thomas MacMahon); Dvorak Romance in F minor (soloist Nia Orpwood); Mozart Haffner Symphony

Dec 2015

Beethoven Overture Coriolan; Reinecke Flute concerto (soloist Malcolm Webb); Dvorak Symphony No7

Contact

We are always looking for new players, particularly lower strings and brass. If you would like to join us and wish to have further information, please fill in the form and we will come back to you as soon as possible.

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